Pandaw are delighted to announce the acquisition of a new ship to be deployed to West Kalimantan, Borneo. This charming ten cabin river ship - the KAPUAS PANDAW - will be be delivered to Borneo later this month in good time for the inaugural river expedition on the Kapuas starting in February 2017. This is a new river expedition sailing into a remote region of Kalimantan.
The Kapuas River system is the largest in Borneo flowing over 700miles (1,100km) through Western Kalimantan which is in the Indonesian part of the island. The river basin is surrounded by mountain ranges and filled with rainforest.
The Borneo rainforest is 140 million years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world. There are about 15,000 species of flowering plants with 3,000 species of 221 species of terrestrial mammals and 420 species of resident birds in Borneo. There are about 440 freshwater fish species in Borneo (about the same as Sumatra and Java combined). It is the centre of the evolution and distribution of many species of plants and animals.
The Borneo rainforest is one of the few remaining natural habitats for the endangered Bornean orangutan. It is an important refuge for many forest species, including the Borneo elephant, the eastern Sumatran rhinoceros, the Bornean clouded leopard, the Hose's palm civet and the dayak fruit bat. The one week expedition will cover the upper part of the Kapuas between Sanggau and Lanjak, a voyage of over 500km that includes traversing the Denau Sentarum system of lakes that connect to the river that are now a national park. This will be a truly pioneering expedition into a rarely visited area where the main attraction will be the scenery, wildlife and tribal village life.
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